GRAIG FARM IN THE WELSH MARCHES

Drovers Retreat is a newly converted stone barn on Graig Farm, (Graig being Welsh for rock) which nestles in the hills of mid-Wales, some 8 miles from the English border, at an altitude of 1,100 feet (335metres).

the Graig Farm yard today

the Graig Farm yard today

The farm has been in existence since at least 1600, when the house was built.

the farmyard as a working farm in 1988 

the farmyard as a working farm in 1988 

Drovers Retreat was built as a barn in the mid-19th century, possibly around 1864 when the farm house was extended. It was used as a cattle barn, possibly for milk animals. More recently, it was used to rear chickens.

Current owners, Bob and Carolyn Kennard arrived here in 1988, after several years in Africa, working with smallholder farmers.

 

The Kennards are the 5th family to live on the farm since the mid-18th century. Graig Farm was tenanted from the nearby Old Hall Estate for many years until the 1930's, when death duties forced the breakup of the estate, and the sale of individual farms. Graig Farm was bought by the tenant.

The farm's main enterprises have always been sheep and to a lesser extent cattle, as cropping is difficult due to the altitude and terrain, with the exception of some animal feeds.